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Waimate hammers Harlequins in big Hamersley Cup upset

Waimate midfielder Jared Matthews almost catches out referee Chris Paul in their thrashing of Harlequins.

Waimate midfielder Jared Matthews almost catches out referee Chris Paul in their thrashing of Harlequins.

Waimate was the place to be on Saturday night after their side pulled off a stunning 41-0 upset against Harlequins in the Hamersley Cup senior rugby championships.

The result still left Waimate in sixth place but could have really hurt Harlequins run to the top four. The results mean both Mackenzie and Waimate remain outside chances of making the top four if injury struck Harlequins cannot regroup quickly.

At Alpine Energy Stadium those who braved the heavy rain saw the unusual sight of a Harlequins scrum back pedalling under pressure from a united Waimate pack.

The Waimate backline, with five back from injury, also impressed as the Wallabies racked up seven unanswered tries.

Shane Airey was a dominant figure at first, turning Harlequins around with some clever kicking, while fellow Irishman Colin Ryan also had an excellent game.

In the forwards Henry Bryce was a stand-out at both lock and in the front row while open side Simon Bleeker also impressed.

Harlequins cause wasn’t helped when Sunia Vatunalagia was red carded for hitting a player with forearm after a tackle.

Prop Esate Havea tried hard for Harlequins in a pack that was going backwards.

Ryan and loose forward Eafou Tagai’s both grabbed two tries each on a day Waimate supporters will remember for a long time.

Waimate 41 (Colin Ryan 2, Eafou Tagia’a 2, Miles Medlicott, Toko Fakavata, Matt Hayman try, Ryan 3 con) Harlequins 0

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Senior B lost 17 – 52  to Harlequins.

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